New Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui says Gareth Bale is “very happy” at the club, and is the perfect man to fill the gap left by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Bale’s future at the Bernabeu has been unclear over the summer with reports claiming Manchester United are keen to bring the Wales forward back to the Premier League.
Speaking ahead of Madrid’s pre-season clash with United in Miami, Lopetegui said: “He’s very, very happy.
“He’s very happy to play at Real Madrid. He’s happy to be here, this is a fantastic opportunity for him to show his talent.
“I’ve talked to him like I’ve talked to everyone. He’s with the team, he’s happy, he’s in line with our goals and it’s a start of a new exciting path for us that I’m looking forward to.”